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Article ID: 168530

Article Last Modified on 10/11/2006


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168530


You cannot display the Microsoft PowerPoint 97 built-in dialog boxes using the PowerPoint object model.


The PowerPoint 97 object model does not expose objects to control built-in dialog boxes.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. As an alternative, you can use the SendKeys statement to gain limited control of dialog boxes. SendKeys sends the specified keystrokes to the operating system as if you typed them using the keyboard.

NOTE: You may experience unexpected results if PowerPoint is not the active window when running this code.

   Sub ShowFileOpen()
      ' This procedure displays the Open dialog box by
      ' sending the CTRL+o keystrokes to the active window.
      SendKeys "^o"
   End Sub

   Sub ShowFileNew()
      ' This procedure displays the New dialog box by
      ' sending CTRL+n keystrokes to the active window.
      SendKeys "^n"
   End Sub


This feature is under review and may be considered for inclusion in a future release.


Microsoft Excel 97 and Microsoft Word 97 expose objects to manipulate dialog boxes that are internal to the program, such as Open and New. PowerPoint 97 does not expose the functionality of any internal dialog boxes.

The PowerPoint object model includes a hidden class called Dialogs. The hidden Dialogs class is used internally by PowerPoint in the creation of user forms.


For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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